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Proof of Citizenship & Obtaining Birth Certificate 

Joel R.
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Posted On: 11/13/2018
Joel R.
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I am a U.S. citizen. My father was a Canadian citizen at the time of my birth, so I can apparently claim Canadian citizenship.

One thing I need in order to apply for proof of citizenship is an up-to-date birth certificate for my father, who is alive. That requires a separate application.

In support of my application for a birth certificate for my father, I must include an official letter from the body that requires me to obtain the birth certificate, to the effect that it has such a requirement. In this case, that body is the Canadian government itself.

This appears to be something of a catch-22. To date I've written to three offices for advice. How would I go about getting a letter from the Canadian government to the Canadian government, stating that the Canadian government needs a birth certificate as part of an application for proof of citizenship? So far I have received no answer. Can anyone help?
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Posted On: 11/29/2018
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be interested in finding out what your options are in this situation.

You may want to try and contact the government body that produces and administers the Birth Certificates of the province in which your father was born directly by phone to explain the situation and find out some more details on how to accomplish what you would like to get done. It is likely that this is not the first time they will have had a situation such as this and there should be a way to complete this process.

If you father was born in Ontario, you may want to contact them at:

Toll-free: 1-800-461-2156 if you’re outside of Toronto but within North America

416-325-8305 if you’re within the Greater Toronto Area or outside of North America

TTY: 416-325-3408

We hope that anyone else with a similar situation can share their experience and suggestions.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.
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